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Rihanna Looking For Bone Marrow Donor For 5-Year-Old Fan

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    Rihanna Looking For Bone Marrow Donor For 5-Year-Old Fan

    Rihanna is nominated for three awards at this Sunday’s Grammys, but first, the “Disturbia” singer has something else to attend to – saving a life.

    Rihanna is helping a 5-year-old New York City girl look for a bone marrow donor, Access Hollywoodhas learned.

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    The young girl, Jasmina, has leukemia.

    “She needs a bone marrow transplant to live,” Rihanna told Access. “When I saw [a] video of Jasmina, it broke my heart. It is so unfair that for a black patient it ‘s so much harder to find a bone marrow match.”

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    According to her mom, Thea Amena, Jasmina is a “huge, huge Rihanna fan.”

    “Last year when I was in Best Buy, Jasmina was in the store singing and dancing in front of a huge screen with Rihanna on it,” she said. “The only way I could pull her away was to buy one of Rihanna’s CDs. She’s been listening to it ever since.”

    While Jasmina has undergone chemotherapy, she needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

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    “Leukemia is the most common disease children in the U.S. die of and we need to change that,” Rihanna said, urging people to sign up as a bone marrow donor with nonprofit marrow donor center DKMS.

    It’s not the star’s first time reaching out — a year ago, Rihanna helped a New York woman find a match, as well.

    “More than 5,000 donors came forward,” Katharina Harf of DKMS said. “Rihanna has already helped DKMS save many lives. Now we can count on her again.”

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